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Lucky escape for drivers in CQ flood waters

RAIN GALORE: Photos of storms around the Emerald and Blackwater regions flooded social media. Jack Speed uploaded this photo of the Rolleston-Blackwater Rd onto the Who Got The Rain page on Facebook.
RAIN GALORE: Photos of storms around the Emerald and Blackwater regions flooded social media. Jack Speed uploaded this photo of the Rolleston-Blackwater Rd onto the Who Got The Rain page on Facebook. Contributed

TWO drivers were lucky to escape their vehicles after they were caught in floodwater, as heavy downpours pummelled some Central Highlands regions.

On Wednesday night emergency services were called to the Dawson Hwy north of Springsure and the Capricorn Hwy near the Willows where people were caught in floodwaters.

Heavy falls in the Springsure area caused roads to go under but Alan Stevenson, of Spring Creek, was not complaining.

Mr Stevenson said he couldn't be happier after 160mm of rain fell in a five-hour period.

"It's really good," he said.

"We've already been having a nice season with a lot of general rain, so we have a lot of grass already.

"But this is the first running water we've had for a few years. We've had a lot of dry dams that definitely won't be dry any more."

Emerald police Acting Senior Sergeant Rob Smith said Emerald officers were called to both car incidents.

"At about 1.55am Emerald police were called to assist with a vehicle stuck in floodwater approximately 5km north of Springsure," he said.

A man, 29, was forced to sit on the roof of his car while Queensland Fire and Emergency Service staff and the SES worked to rescue him.

The car was submerged to halfway up its windscreen, but the driver was rescued with no injuries.

Earlier, at 11.50pm, officers were called to the Capricorn Hwy where a car had been stranded and then swept off the road by floodwater.

The 35-year-old female driver was rescued about 1.50am.

She was also unharmed.

Act Snr Sgt Smith said people needed to realise the dangers of crossing flooded roads.

"If it's flooded, forget it," he said. "It is expected there will be further significant rainfall events throughout the (wet) season.

"These can cause roads to be flooded with little to no warning."

Act Snr Sgt Smith said police were "pleading" with motorists.

"Drive to the conditions," he said.

Gail Godwin-Smith of Mt Panorama Station welcomed a modest rainfall of 38mm.

"The rain we had at Rolleston was magnificent," she said.

"It was good, steady, soaking rain.

"I imagine this would have gone a long way to topping up those water storages that really needed to be filled.

"It will be a tremendous help."

Rainfall

9am January 21to 9am January 22 from BOM

Clermont: 34mm

Riley's Crossing: 12mm

Anakie: 45mm

Comet Weir: 8.8mm

Springsure: 121mm

Blackwater Airport: 7.2mm

Capella: 26mm


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